The percentage of students in Uttar Pradesh who cleared the UP Board Class 10 and Class 12 examinations witnessed a decline as compared to last year.
The percentage of students in Uttar Pradesh who cleared the UP Board Class 10 and Class 12 examinations witnessed a decline as compared to last year, results declared on Friday showed, which experts attributed to the strict measures deployed by authorities to check unfair means.
This year, 81.18% students cleared the Class 10 or high school exams and 82.62% examinees were declared successful in Class 12 or intermediate.
In 2016, the overall pass percentage in high school exams was registered at 87.66 which was 3.92 points more than the previous year. In intermediate, 87.99% students passed in 2016 or 0.84% less than in 2015.
“The new state government took over in March when the board examinations were on. The government declared that no cheating and frauds in examination would be tolerated and several surprise inspections were carried out in the examination centres,” a government school teacher in Lucknow, who did not want to be named, said.
“Strictness was maintained in the corrections as well and this led to the falling of pass percentage from previous years. The highest percentage scored by toppers of Class 10 and 12 examinations has also witnessed a dip,” the teacher added.
Like the previous years, girls performed better than boys in both Class 10 and 12 board exams. And, the toppers for both the classes were girls.
Tejaswi topped with 95.83% in high school exams and Priyanshi Tewari was declared the topper in the intermediate exam with 96.20% marks. Both are from Fatehpur district.
Over 60,61,030 candidates registered for the high school and intermediate exams this year. They included 34,04,715 examinees for Class 10 and 26,56,319 for Class 12.
However, due to strict vigilance following cases of cheating in the previous years, an unexpected 5,94,503 candidates left the exams midway and 1,862 examinees were caught copying.
In some districts, mass copying was reported due to which 69 exams of various subjects were cancelled and 91 schools were debarred from holding the board exams for the next five years.
This year, the board also provided coded answer sheets in 31 districts of the state that were identified as sensitive in order to check cheating during the exams.
The evaluation of around 4.6 crore answer sheets by 1.37 lakh teachers began from April 27 at 253 evaluation centres in the state.